According to the Freeh report, one of the reasons that pedophile Jerry Sandusky was allowed to roam free and prey on young boys for more than a decade was because an isolated Penn State community tended to circle the wagons when troubles arose.
Some Nittany Lions fans have responded to that accusation….by isolating themselves from national criticism and circling the wagons.
“They don’t get to tell us,” ESPN quotes a source talking about calls to take down the Joe Paterno statue. “This is a Penn State community decision.”
As of 6 p.m. on July 15th, there was a petition at Change.org to have Joe Paterno removed from the College Football Hall of Fame with seven signatures.
There were two petitions suggesting that Penn State football forfeit the victories the team racked up during the time that Sandusky was victimizing children. Those petitions had a combined 40 signatures.
So that was 89 people who had urged Penn State to take a serious look at the culture the Freeh Report condemned after its eight-month investigation. 89 people wanting Penn State to recognize their shortcomings and act before the NCAA, Big Ten, Department of Education, etc. have their say.
Meanwhile, there were 252 fans demanding that the “Penn State community stand resolutely against any attack on our honor, pride and traditions” avoid any show of “weakness” or “lack of loyalty” and ensure that “the Joe Paterno statue remain exactly where it now stands-forever!”
Why are there so many national columnists suggesting Penn State football receive harsh punishment? Because this level of self-denial is like a balloon that needs popped.